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Monday 5 December 2016

'We all love you, Kevin' - friends pay tribute to teen killed while lying on road

Gardai at the death scene
Gardai at the death scene

A driver who ran over a teen who was lying on the road desperately tried to save him after the accident.

The victim has been named locally as Kevin Donnellan, (15), from Ballycurrane, Knock, Kilrush, Co Clare.

Gardai are investigating the circumstances of the young man's death after the motorist reported she had collided with something on a rural road near Killimer, about six kilometres from the village of Kilrush, early yesterday morning.

It is understood Kevin was lying on the roadside when the passing car drove over him in the dark.

The driver immediately stopped her car and went to the scene of the collision, where she found the teenager partially lying in the ditch.

She immediately rang emergency services and performed CPR on the young man as paramedics relayed instructions over the phone until an ambulance arrived.

However, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred near the grounds of the Killimer GAA club but officials from the club declined to comment on the incident last night.

It is understood that a bonfire attracted a number of teenagers to the area on Halloween night.

Shock

Local residents in the close-knit rural village were in "complete shock" over the tragedy, according to a neighbour, who did not want to be identified.

"Everyone is in shock. It's beyond belief," he said.

Friends of the tragic teenager posted tributes on his Facebook page last night.

One wrote: "I just want to say rest in peace to my brother Kevin Donnellan. You helped me to get through a lot of stuff man you were always their [sic] for me we always had each other's backs. The great times we had together man and why, why did Jesus take you? I cant believe it. I love you R.I.P."

Another friend said: "I lost a best friend today. I've known my whole life. It's such a shock that nobody wants to suffer from. We all love you Kevin. Love you man, forever."

The boy's body was later removed from the scene to University Hospital Limerick while the Office of the State Pathologist was informed.

Assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster travelled to Limerick to carry out a post mortem examination last night.

Gardai are awaiting the results of the post mortem to determine whether the teenager died prior to the collision or if he was struck while still conscious.

Dsitraught

The driver of the car, believed to live locally, is reportedly very distraught following the tragedy.

It brings to 160 the number of people killed on our roads so far this year.

The tragedy happened just days after the Road Safety Authority and gardai launched a campaign urging pedestrians, cyclists and other road users to ensure they can be seen in the dark after the clocks went back on Sunday morning.

Their pleas followed a spate of fatal road accidents last week, which Transport Minister Shane Ross said is approaching a crisis.

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